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All Articles from December 1996

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December 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

Husbands and wives

It is not difficult to understand why natural men and women come to dislike one another, why their so-called love turns to hate, and why couples divorce one another and subject their children to so much turmoil and trial. These people do not know God and do not have the love of God for…

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December 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

Sharpening the blade

In spite of what many people think, hard work is good for you! Work is like a whetstone which sharpens the edge of a blade. If you really want to have a sharp cutting edge, then you must always do your best. Some people are good workers; others work at trying to escape work!…

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Historical

December 1996
Articles > Historical

Some things have not changed

Believers today may easily become despondent as they look at the state of the world. Sin and corruption abound and there is little true preaching of the gospel in evidence. However, although the evidences of the abandoning of Scripture and apostasy in the church may change and even become more apparent, basically these problems…

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December 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Adam Loughridge – A pilgrim’s progress

1. When did you become a Christian? I became a Christian at sixteen years of age in my local congregation, Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ulster. Rev. James Blair, the father of Professor Hugh Blair, came to that church when I was fourteen years of age. His warm evangelistic preaching touched me as no…

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December 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

Our gospel

The gospel of salvation by the sovereign grace of God in Christ alone was certainly the apostle Paul’s gospel, and it should also be our gospel today. Writing to the church in Thessalonica, he says God ‘called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (2 Thessalonians…

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December 1996
Articles > Evangelistic

Hark to the herald angels

Angels are real, good and helpful: 'ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation' (Hebrews 1:14). Scripture speaks in terms of myriads upon myriads of them - and a myriad is strictly ten thousand. With so many evil spirits abroad in the world, a whole kingdom of fallen angels under their leader…

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December 1996
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

How not to commemorate the martyrs!

In the town of Lewes every year, on 5 November, there is an unusual custom. Hundreds of people process through the town for several hours from 5.30pm, many carrying burning torches and arrayed in fancy dress or other regalia such as horned head masks. Seven bonfire societies light up their own bonfire and fireworks…

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December 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What is a reformed church?

Last month we considered this subject historically. Now we shall consider it doctrinally. In so doing, we shall begin to mark the leading distinctives of a Reformed church. A Reformed church believes that the Bible in its entirety is God's written Word, without error or fault of any kind; and it also believes that…

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December 1996
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Peace – the answer to drugs

It was Saturday and I was sitting in the jam-packed chapel at the children's private school (nominally Catholic, with over twelve hundred students) with at least three hundred and fifty other parents, the vast majority of whom are well-educated members of the Marseille bourgeoisie. M. José B., the school's concerned and devoted headmaster, had…

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Historical

December 1996
Articles > Historical

The revival that healed a nation’s wounds

The serious situation in Ulster today is comparable with the tragic days of the early 1920s. Politicians are at their wits' end and God's people are praying for another revival. In the 1920s Ulster was dispirited by serious unemployment and mass emigration. A reign of terror brought fear and a sense of hopelessness. Politicians…

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